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Oliver Schur­mann, Mount Venus Nurs­ery

HEPATICA NOBILIS — be­cause you see all these lit­tle flow­ers of such a vi­brant blue which come up through the frozen ground first thing in spring. It’s very much the early flow­er­ing plants that fas­ci­nate me.

EPIMEDIUM — they are like lit­tle fairies dan­gling off in­vis­i­ble wiry stems that arch over and have very at­trac­tive fo­liage, and there are lots and lots of dif­fer­ent ones. They are early, rang­ing from the be­gin­ning of March and there are still very good flow­er­ing ones now.

SOLOMON’S SEAL OR POLYGONATUM — It is one of those plants that in ev­ery stage of their growth habit are like a sculp­ture. They first come up out of a point, then the leaves un­ravel, the stem un­rav­els and then they arch over and have white flow­ers hang­ing off an arch­ing stem, like a crane. They are just very, very in­ter­est­ing.

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